The foundation course in Live Event Technology allows you to build up the knowledge and confidence to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Live Event Technology degree. Accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), our degree in live event technology will give you the technical skills to transform live performances into events. You will study live sound, video, rigging and lighting technology for use in all kinds of venues, from theatre, concerts and festivals, to TV, themed attractions and corporate events.
Throughout the live event technology course, there is a balance of theoretical and practical applications of technology, so you’ll learn how to work with artistic colleagues to find creative solutions to the practical challenges of staging live events. We regularly get involved in all kinds of events, from pop-up castle cinemas to live sports broadcasts. This mix of theory and practice will prepare you for a career in entertainment, broadcasting, touring logistics, technical production companies, and technical sales. Follow us on Facebook.
As part of our live event technology course you also have the opportunity to become qualified to the IET’s 17th Edition Wiring Regulations to add to your employability (additional cost applies).
Following your initial foundation year, you will progress onto the modules studied as part of the BSc (Hons) Live Event Technology degree. For further information on the modules studied in the latter part of this course see our Live Event Technology degree.
The Live Event Technology degree is delivered in lectures, workshops and laboratories, as well as television studios and other creative spaces. Our lecturers are experts in their subject areas, having worked in, or with, industry, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publishing their work, and informing your studies with the latest industry insights and advances.
Assessment involves a mixture of assignments, coursework, presentations and class tests throughout the year, with exams for some modules.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has accredited this live event technology course and it meets the educational requirements to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
We encourage all students to complete a placement as part of their degree in live event technology. On a sandwich placement, you can spend up to a year working in the industry to apply your new knowledge and learn new skills – it’s a great boost to your CV and can lead directly to employment when you graduate.
We have exceptionally close ties with the live event industry. Many of the industry’s leading companies donate or loan equipment, give guest lectures and demonstrations, or invite us to their head quarters to look around and meet their staff. These include:
Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass
Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.
Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
The Live Event Technology degree mixes theory and practice so you will be well prepared for a career in live entertainment; broadcasting; live performance; event management; production companies and freelance work.
The latest research shows that unless the industry can recruit 30,000 new technical staff over the next decade, theatre and live music employers will face a shortage of trained technicians, including lighting directors, sound consultants, designers and broadcast experts.
As a USW live event technology student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.